Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Nonviolent Protesters In Bil’in

15 SEP
11:24 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, many nonviolent Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after the army attacked the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies.

The procession started from the center of the village, heading towards the Wall, near Abu Lemon area, before the soldiers started firing gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at them.

Many Protesters suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

The media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in Bil’in, Abdullah Abu Rahma, said the procession this week was in solidarity with the al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community, facing demolition and displacement.

Abu Rahma added that the protest also comes in rejection to the so-called “Deal of the Century” plan of U.S. President Trump, and his hostile policies towards the Palestinians, their rights and their struggle for liberation and independence.

(Source / 15.09.2018)

PCHR: “Army Kills 3 Civilians, Including A Child, Injures 148, Including 19 Children, 5 Women and 5 Paramedics”

15 SEP
6:30 AM

For Twenty-Five Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege in Eastern Gaza Strip, Israeli Forces  Kill 3 Civilians, Including Child, and Wound 148 Others, Including 19 Children, 5 Women and 5 Paramedics

Date: 14 September 2018 – Time: 18:00 GMT, the Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR)

On Friday afternoon, 14 September 2018,  using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 25th  Friday in a row, Israeli forces Killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 148 others, including 19 children, 5 women and 5 paramedics with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the latter heavily fired live bullets and tear gas canisters, increasing the number of causalities comparing with the previous weeks, despite the peaceful nature prevailing the demonstrations.

The Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Table of Civilian Casualties due to the Israeli Suppression since the Beginning of the Great March of Return on 30 March

Notes Medical Crews Journalists Women Children Total Casualties
Among those Killed, there are 3 Persons with Disabilities while among the children killed, there is a girl. 3 2 1 26 136 Killed
Among those wounded, 439 are in serious condition and 69 had their lower or upper limbs amputated.  The number of those wounded only include those wounded with live bullet and directly hit with tear gas canisters as there have been thousand others who suffered tear gas inhalation. 115 83 211 1241 7224 Wounded

 

Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations in all areas were as always fully peaceful, and  neither weapons nor armed persons were seen. However, the Israeli forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand berms and in military jeeps along the border fence.

The incidents today, 14 September 2018, were as follows:

At approximately 16:30, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to the 5 encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege along the border fence, east of the Gaza Strip governorates. They raised flags and chanted national songs.

Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel, set fire to tires and gathered 300 meters away from the main border fence.  Some of them attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces, pulled parts of the barbed-wire fence established inside the Palestinian territories and fired incendiary balloons along the border fence.

The Israeli shooting, which continued until 19:30, resulted in the killing of 3 civilians, including a child. The killed civilians were identified as:

  1.  Hani Ramzi ‘Afana (21), from Rafah, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern Rafah.
  2. Mohamed Khalil Ghazi Shaqqourah (20), from al-Maghazi refugee camp, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern al-Buriej camp.
  3. Shady ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Abed al-‘Al (11), from Jabalia, sustained deep incised wound after being hit with a solid object, which caused a fracture to his skull, during his participation in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, according to the Ministry of Health.

Moreover, 148 civilians, including 19 children, 5 women and 5  paramedics, were wounded with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters.

Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds in addition dozens suffering tear gas inhalation and seizures after tear gas canisters were heavily fired by the Israeli soldiers from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip.

PCHR hereby condemns the crimes committed by the Israeli forces, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

PCHR emphasizes that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified, and using lethal force to target and kill civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, is a serious violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention.

Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation in these crimes and to prosecute and hold accountable all those applying or involved in issuing orders within the Israeli Forces at the security and political echelons.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

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(Source / 15.09.2018)

Extremist settlers attack Palestinian child with pepper spray in Hebron

EBRON, PALESTINOW.COM — Extremist Jewish settlers on Wednesday night attacked a Palestinian child with pepper spray near his home in al-Khalil city.

A local source told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that 10-year-old Ahmed Jaber was rushed to hospital after settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba attacked him with pepper spray in his face.

In a separate incident, Israeli soldiers fired volleys of tear gas grenades before midnight at Palestinian homes near the junction of Tareq Bin Ziyad in the Old City of al-Khalil at the pretext that they were attacked with stones.

(Source / 14.09.2018)

Israel kills two Palestinians, including a child in Gaza border protest

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire during clashes along the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday, Gaza’s Health Ministry said.

One of those killed was a 14-year-old boy, who was shot in the head east of Jabalya, according to the ministry. The other fatality was a man in his thirties. More than thirty additional Palestinians were wounded by live fire, including a medic.

The report comes after the Israeli military opened fire at a Palestinian who tried to damage the border fence Sunday, killing him. A day earlier, a 16-year-old Palestinian succumbed to wounds he had sustained during last Friday’s protests along the border.

(Source / 14.09.2018)

Army Injures Several Palestinians Near Ramallah

14 SEP
3:48 PM

Israeli soldiers caused, on Friday afternoon, several Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army attacked, local and international activists, holding a nonviolent procession in Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

The protesters were nonviolently marching in the weekly procession which was organized by the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, on Palestinian lands in the ar-Reesan Mountain, threatened with illegal Israeli annexation orders.

The protest was held by locals, and residents from surrounding villages, in addition to international peace activists.

It included planting olive saplings in the threatened Palestinian lands, to express steadfastness and rejection to Israel’s ongoing violations and illegal colonialist activities.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 14.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Lands Near Khan Younis

14 SEP
12:00 PM

Israeli soldiers carried out, on Friday morning, a limited invasion into Palestinian lands east of the al-Qarara town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said five armored military vehicles, accompanied by a robot vehicle, invaded the lands and started bulldozing and leveling sections close to the perimeter fence.

WAFA added that the vehicles came from Kissufim military base, across the border fence.

The invasion is part of ongoing violations against the Palestinians and their lands in the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 14.09.2018)

Despite international criticism and European warning, Israel begins with practical steps to demolish Khan alAhmar

Despite international criticism and European warning, Israel begins with practical steps to demolish Khan alAhmar Today Fraiday by closing all the roads leading to the village, located east of Jerusalem.

Local sources told PNN that Israeli occupation authorities have closed roads leading to Al-Khan Al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem since early morning hours.

The sources in the village said that an Israeli army bulldozer began to close the roads leading to the village of Al-Waday al-Ahmar, which was evacuated early Sunday morning in the northern area of  Khan al-Ahmar village.

After that the IOF bulldozing start closing main road leading to the village of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar.

The people of thevillage try to prevent the bulldozers from closing the roads by sating on their way in peaceful protest but Israeli occupation forces arrested four of them in addition to French activist.

Clashes broke out in the village Between residents of the village,activists on one side and Israeli occupation forces on the other.

The sourcres said the number of Palestinians including old men were injured and four of them arrested, including Suleiman al-Hathalin, Abu Adel, Ibrahim Hassan Abu Dahouk Abu Bajas, Abu Nimr from Jericho and a French man identified as Frank Romanio.

Minister Walid Assaf, chairman of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, was among hundreds of protesters who gathered outside the village to protest the closure of its roads and the Israeli plan to demolish the village.

In the meantime, hundreds of protesters who were able to reach the village despite of the Israeli road closures performed Friday prayer inside the village to show solidarity with its local Bedouin population who are in danger of forced displacement.

Recent developments came despite warnings from international institutions to Israel like International Committee of the Red Cross who expressed deep concern over Israel’s decision to demolish the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar and other structures in the West Bank’s Area C.

Head of the ICRC Mission in Jerusalem David Quesne said in a press statement: “The planned demolitions will dramatically affect the lives and dignity of this community.”

“As long as zoning and planning policies in the West Bank fail to serve the population living under occupation, they cannot be used as justification for destruction of property,” he added.

The Israeli High Court has recently issued a ruling giving the green light for the military to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, which has become a focus of Palestinian interest and international concern, and forcibly displace people there.

“As the Occupying Power in the West Bank, Israel is bound by the International Humanitarian Law. It has a duty to ensure the protection, security, and welfare of the people living under occupation and to guarantee that they can live as normal a life as possible, in accordance with their own laws, culture, and traditions,” the statement concluded.

Khan al-Ahmar is one of the Palestinian communities Israel is threatening with demolition and forcible transfer in Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule under the terms of the Oslo Accords.

Israeli refuses to permit virtually any Palestinian construction in Area C, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

For its part European Union has declared yasterday its rejection of Israel’s decision and demanded that it retreat this decision.

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday saying Israel’s planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar would amount to a war crime, and demanded Israel compensate the EU for the demolition of EU-funded structures in the village.

The resolution, which is being hailed by activists as the harshest condemnation to come from the EU regarding Khan al-Ahmar, comes just days after Israel’s High Court gave the government the final green light to demolish the village.

It calls on Israel to cease “its policy of threats of demolition and actual eviction against the Bedouin communities” living in the occupied West Bank and inside Israel, particularly in the southern Negev desert.

The resolution demands compensation from Israel for up to EUR 315,000 that the EU invested in the village, and called on EU leaders to ensure Israel protect vulnerable Palestinian communities living in Area C — the area of the occupied West Bank where Palestinian construction is virtually banned by Israel.

International officials have warned that the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar, which has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Israeli government for decades, would pave the way for the destruction of dozens of other communities in Area C.

(Source / 14.09.2018)

Child Hospitalized After Illegal Colonialist Settler Pepper-Sprayed Him In Hebron

13 SEP
6:23 AM

Palestinian medical sources in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that a child was hospitalized, on Wednesday at night, after an illegal Israeli colonialist settler pepper-sprayed him in Jaber neighborhood.

The sources said the child, identified as Ahmad Mohammad Jaber, 11, was attacked by the colonialist settler in his neighborhood, before being rushed to a local hospital.

His father filed an official complaint with the Israeli police, but numerous similar assaults and violations have gone investigated by the army and the police.

The attack is part of seriously-escalating violations against the Palestinians, especially the children, in Hebron city, and have also targeted many homes and buildings.

(Source / 13.09.2018)

Including Two Children, Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians In Hebron

13 SEP
9:29 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, five Palestinians from their homes, in addition to two children at a military roadblock, in several parts of Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded many homes in Beit Ummar town, north of the city, and abducted Ahmad Khader Abu Hashem, 52, and Mousa Hasan Za’aqeeq, 25.

It added that the soldiers also invaded and searched homes in Yatta, Ethna, ath-Thaheriyya and Halhoul towns, and installed roadblocks at the entrance of the Sammoa’ town, the al-Fawwar refugee camp junction, and Abu Sneina neighborhood in Hebron city.

The soldiers then abducted Abdul-Hamid al-Battat, Wisam Gheith and Hazem Ahmad Zama’ra, before moving them to Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

In related news, the soldiers stationed at a military roadblock in the Old City of Hebron, abducted two children, identified as Qussai Shehada Gheith, 12, and Odai Abu Hitta, 9, while they were heading to their UNRWA-run school.

(Source / 13.09.2018)

Army Carries Out A Limited Invasion Into Rafah

13 SEP
1:11 PM

Several armored Israeli military vehicles carried out, on Thursday morning, a limited invasion into Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Gaza said at least two armored bulldozers, accompanied military vehicles, advanced dozens of meters into the Palestinian lands, near the Sofa Crossing, east of Rafah.

The sources added that the army bulldozed and leveled Palestinian lands, in addition to installing sand hills near the fence.

The invasion was carried out a few hours after the Israeli army said it detonated an explosive object close to the fence, near Rafah.

The army issued a statement regarding the incident, and held Hamas responsible by claiming that the movement “wants to maintain continuation of protests, and tension, in the border area,” and added that it is “ready to act against these threats targeting the soldiers and the military infrastructures.”

In related news, Israeli navy ships attacked a Palestinians fishing boat in Gaza territorial waters, abducted three fishermen, and confiscated their boat.

On Wednesday evening, the soldiers shot a young Palestinian man near Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal, in northern Gaza, during a protest in the area.

On Monday evening, September 10th, the soldiers fired dozens of live ammunition and gas bombs at Palestinians, and fishing boats, in the al-Waha Beach area, northwest of the Gaza Strip, wounding 49 Palestinians, including one journalist, during a nonviolent activity calling for lifting the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza.

On Sunday, September 9th, the army killed Attaf Abed-Rabbo Saleh, 32, near the border fence between Gaza and Israel, in the Abu Safiyya area east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

On September 8th, the Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the number of Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli army fire since the beginning of the Great Return March processions in the Gaza Strip on March 30th, has arrived to 173, while around 19600 have been injured.

(Source / 13.09.2018)